Monthly Archives: June 2009

Andy Goldsworthy – Alderney Stones



Art and Islands is an initiative set up to invite and commission artists from around the world to work on, and respond to, Guernsey and the other Bailiwick islands of Alderney, Herm and Sark. 

Maintaining a rolling programme of installations and site-specific projects Art and Islands is looking to become one of the leading art destinations in Europe following in the spirit and direction of such programmes as Artscape in the Lofoten islands in Norway and the Loire river Estuaire initiative in Brittany.

Building on the Antony Gormley installation at Castle Cornet, Andy Goldsworthy is now working on a project for Alderney entitled Alderney Stones where he plans to site  a series of rammed earth stones/boulders. Each stone/boulder would be made with earth containing materials and objects.  These would be incorporated into each stone as it is being constructed and these materials would be revealed as the stones wear away. The boulders would then be sited at various locations around the island and left.  It would be a project that reveals itself over time through the process of erosion.  The choice of contents would come out of a dialogue bewtween the artist and the place.  

It is envisaged that by June next year when Art and Islands hosts the 6th annual Small Islands Cultural Research Initiative (SCRI) in Guernsey, there will be work by other prominent artists in Herm and in Sark.

Art and Islands is part of the Guernsey College of Further Education, department of Art and Design.  With its roots firmly in education, Art and Islands, since its conception in 2008, has received underpinning research and development funding from the Guernsey Arts Commission and HSBC Private Bank who have a global commitment to Art, Design and Education.


La Traviata – live from the Royal Opera House

This June the College of Further Education and the Guernsey Arts Commission are bringing the National Theatre live and the Royal Opera to Guernsey in an exciting new pilot scheme initiated to make the performance arts more accessible to all. The Performing Arts Centre will be joining more than 170 cinemas and art houses across the UK in broadcasting the National Theatre play, Phèdre and the Royal Opera House’s, La Traviata.

 The performances of Phèdre  and La Traviata will be filmed in high definition and broadcast live via satellite, not only nationwide but a further 170 venues worldwide will also be screening the performance.

Phèdre, shown las week on the 25th June, was a Ted Hughes’ version of the French classical tragedy by Jean Racine, starrign Helen Mirrem. It has been brilliantly received by audiences worldwide, with the Guenrsey audience certainly included! National theatre Live returns in the Autumn. We will keep you posted!

Scene form La Traviata

Scene from La Traviata

 La Traviata, One of Guiseppe Verdi’s best loved works, showing 30th June, sees American soprano sensation Renée Fleming make an historic return to Covent Garden, singing lead role for the first time with The Royal Opera. La Traviata is an opera in three acts based on Alexandre Dumas’ La Dame aux Camélias. It was first performed at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice, March 1853.

Details for La Traviata:
Doors open at 6.40pm, performance starts at 7.00pm.
Tickets are priced at £15 for Adults and £12 for students and over 65. A glass of wine/soft drink is included in the ticket price.

Bookings taken via or call the Box Office at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts Centre on 749999.

 It is intended for this to mark the beginning of a series of Live performances screened in Guernsey at the Performing Arts Centre.